telephoned an agency to ask what the work prospects were like for next week. She said, “It’s still dire and we’re struggling.” They are the sole agency for one school where I work, but they have cut back. Another regular school of mine had taken on one of her supply teachers directly for PPA and this person was therefore picking up all the supply work as well. However, not long after hanging up, the agency called me back to say they had got work in a year 3 class on Monday all day and Wednesday morning. I accepted them both, including the morning. At one time I would never have taken half-days from agencies, but as this is nearby and things have been quiet, I decided against holding out for a full day. Calling an agency on Friday afternoon also goes against my better nature, but I feel there is no other choice at the moment. Eventually, things will change and improve; I just keep hoping they do so sooner rather than later. Visiting the library this afternoon, I borrowed a book called ‘Start and Run Your Own Business: the Essential Guide to Planning, Funding and Growing Your New
’ by Jonathan Reuvid and published by Kogan Page. Enterprise
Originally posted on Friday, 28th January 2011
The Last Day of January 2011
An hour later, the agency called to say the school secretary had cancelled Monday, saying it was entirely her mistake. Knowing the school, I think the secretary, seeing an absence, had booked supply, but someone had later said they would cover the non-attendance. The agency thanked me for my undertanding, but I was annoyed at losing Monday. They said they were on standby for redirected calls over the weekend, but I did not find this very encouraging.
Updated Monday, 31st January 2011